I’m going to show to you how to cook a spaghetti squash and a simple mushroom marinara sauce. When my friend introduced me to this squash and how to cook it I was inspired and surprised at how easy it was to cook. Usually I would I pass right by the squash bin at the grocery store because I didn’t know how to cook them.
Here’s a spaghetti squash.
When cooked the flesh of the squash easily shreds into thin threads or strings, hence the name spaghetti. It’s a great alternative for spaghetti if you want to switch up your basic meals, or even if your looking to make an all veggie dish.
Spaghetti squash can be baked, boiled or microwaved. I’m going to bake the squash.
Things you will need are:
Baking dish (11×17 cake pan works)
Set the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise.
Looks kind of like the inside of a pumpkin. Now to spoon out the guts and seeds.
Add some water to your baking pan. About 2 inches of water. Then lay the squash in the pan face down.
Bake for 20 minutes or until you can stick a fork into the squash smoothly.
When it’s done, let it cool for a few minutes, then grab your fork to gently pull out your strands. Looks like this.
Eventually you will have this
So that’s your spaghetti squash! Easy peasy baby. It’s ready to eat.
You can have it many ways; topped with a marinara, an olive oil and pesto sauce, a garlic butter sauce, add veggies, etc. You have tons of options.
I used what I had around my kitchen for a topping. It’s mushroom marinara that I just kind of made up along the way as the squash was baking.
I threw about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a sauce a pan. While that was warming up, I minced some garlic and chopped up some mushrooms. Threw those into the sauce pan to cook for a few minutes. Stir it up a bit.
I added a jar of marinara spaghetti sauce. Added some some oregano, Italian Seasoning….and some crushed peppers.
Let it bubble just a tad bit, then lower to a simmer until the squash is done.
This meal is very versatile. You can have it as simple or as fancy as you want. For me it was just right. The spice in the crushed peppers gave it a nice soft kick.
Enjoy cooking spaghetti squash! Please share your spaghetti squash ideas with me.